"Steel Rain" as written by Natasha Shneider and Writer Unknown,....
And so we start another day together
You and I and a million miles between us
I train my moods to bloom like flowers unfolding
Instead of fluttering around
And slowly drowning in the
Steel rain, it's taking over

The sky is open and the drones are pouring out
The day inhales in a contagious yawn
And there you smile as though the sun
Were bouncing in the
Steel rain, it's taking over

Here in our little world, the tiny world spins for me
All's well in the titled world, but there's something
Falling down in the
Steel rain, it's taking over

Lyrics submitted by Ruthie7

"Steel Rain" as written by Natasha Shneider Chris Cornell

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    My OpinionThe song is definitely about depression don't over-analyze
    todd109281on May 24, 2017   Link
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    General Comment"I train my moods to bloom like flowers unfolding instead of fluttering around"

    I really like this line. It is very insightful and honest. To me, it reminds me of what I go through daily in shielding myself from myself. Kind of like setting up a safeguard to preserve my own sanity while also keeping up the appearance of stability to those around me (particularly coworkers).
    pjsoleson August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how perfect the world seems on the outside, but when your in the heat of its problems, everything comes falling down and its just overwhelming. Possibly even about war, (or it may just be a referance to intensify the meaning) but steel rain was a term used by iraqis during the persian gulf war. It was a type of artillary that broke apart into thousands of peices in the air, reffered to as "steel rain"
    Audiogarden1on February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is great...my favourite of the album...i think the meaning is about the gulf war...
    WayOuton July 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe guitar surely deadly. Cornell always be my fav.
    r.matt.zingon November 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commentv.1

    The steel rain is the take over of the world by corporations. Steel is one of the most basic fuels of industry and thus the economy and corporations. Some of the most powerful influences in the world have become the corporations rather than countries themselves. The every day person is faced with the choice of training their moods and flowering into the person acceptable in society, or drowning.

    People become more like drones in today's society and the day drags on like it will never end ("The day inhales in a contagious yawn"). "Yawns are contagious" and even the day yawns because people become so weary of every day life. But people just carry a smile as if something magnificent was evolving from today's society ("And there you smile as though the sun were bouncing in the steel rain").


    Chris withdraws to look in from the outside, thus "into the little world" and sees that the world is even smaller than the world in his mind. He sees this tiny world spinning and it's all good, but there's something falling in the steel rain. As if the idea that steel was falling from the sky wasn't enough to convince people that something's wrong, he has to point out that it's bringing something with it. Namely, that the power of corporations and the structure of today's society and economy is bringing along with it something awful.
    im_in_asia_nowon September 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have been reading a comic book at the moment called DMZ, about civilians caught in the midst of a civil war in America. I find this song to be particularly evocative of that story.
    StrayDog86on June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI train my moods to be like flowers unfolding pretending to be happy when you're not
    todd109281on May 24, 2017   Link
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    General Comment@todd109281 yes definitely about a fight against depression. When i started listening to chris' songs i noticed most of his song are heavyhearted. Its like listening to the sadness of..
    Eriqqabaton June 19, 2017   Link

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